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December 11, 2007

Half a Mouse???




  1. it’s just what cats do? Have you ever had a whole rodent or bird left by a cat?

    Comment by dd — December 11, 2007 @ 1:09 am

  2. Yes, it’s exactly what cats do -leave a “present” on your doorstep.

    Although sometimes – actually fairly often – the rodent is basically whole. Our cat likes to bring them in the house – alive!

    Sounds awful, but I’m just glad she can still manage it – the little lady’s 14 years old!

    Comment by Ron Obvious — December 11, 2007 @ 5:39 am

  3. As an owner of three cats, I can attest I wish this was what they always did . Some mornings I get up to find left bits of mouse all over my living room floor — EWWWWWW

    Comment by Nicole — December 11, 2007 @ 7:43 am

  4. What I want to know is who “calculates shipping cost” AFTER completing their transaction?

    Comment by Chris — December 11, 2007 @ 8:59 am

  5. Warning: this comment may start a small war.
    CATS bring their toys into the house to play with. They seem to give the impression of Marie Antoinette flinging crusts to the crowd.
    DOGS, however, bring gifts to share. They will often thrust a carcass in your lap just so you can enjoy it as much as they do.

    A cat won’t give you it’s murine plaything until feline festivities finish, but we have had a dog that would deliver a headless gopher to our backdoor daily for 5 months (ran out of gophers.)

    Heck even our iguana will occasionally drop a toy at our feet.

    Comment by David — December 11, 2007 @ 9:42 am

  6. Maybe the shipping cost was the other half of the mouse?

    Comment by Eisenhomer — December 11, 2007 @ 11:59 am

  7. I had a friend whose cat once left him a dead bat on his pillow.

    I imagine that there’s a large set of cat owners who, faced with the same situation as the movie producer in the Godfather, would merely wonder how their cat snuck that present in the room.

    Comment by wklink — December 11, 2007 @ 12:30 pm

  8. wklink – a bat?

    Comment by Kaitlyn — December 11, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

  9. Our biggest non-canine pests are palmetto bugs aka “big-ass cockroaches”.

    Dixie – 50 lb chow mix – will kill them. I think she breaks their backs and then drowns them in slobber.

    And then ignore them, unless we make a fuss. Then she will pick it up and spit it out because it’s already dead.

    But Mikey – 12 lb poodle mop mix – will take them after she’s killed them. He protects those dead bugs with every ferocious bone in his body. It’s funny because when confronted with a live one, he freaks out.

    He’s never regifted his stolen bugs, but he did hoard them on the couch, under a blanket. What a gift!

    Comment by Kaitlyn — December 11, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

  10. What I don’t understand is that these cats are endowed with anthropomorphic traits like using a computer, internet shopping, and wearing clothes, yet they would still find the gift of half of a dead mouse desirous? Doesn’t this barbaric behavior belie their high-functioning civilization?

    On the other hand, I guess this would explain why some people order their stakes so rare that it “moos”.

    Comment by — December 11, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

  11. One of my cats considered it the height of rudeness if he didn’t present us with a half a rabbit at least once a week.

    Comment by shennydenny — December 11, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

  12. Our cat would sit in the middle of the room and loudly announce that she wanted our attention. We’d take the carcass outside and throw it off the porch. It didn’t always hit the ground and generally got gobbled in about three bites.

    Comment by Lord Jubjub — December 11, 2007 @ 5:58 pm

  13. Countyour blessings. Our Huskey used to bring us rats to us in the morning – it sure got us out of bed quickly.

    Comment by Frank — December 11, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

  14. Kaitlyn – Yes, a bat. A mouse with wings.

    Comment by wklink — December 11, 2007 @ 10:17 pm

  15. My dog once left a dead baby possum on the landing at the top of the steps leading into our apartment. And, as if that’s not bad enough, she did it in the middle of a rainy night, so as I was traipsing around, barefoot, in the dark, I stepped on an unpleasant, soggy, squishy surprise.

    Comment by arik1969 — December 12, 2007 @ 12:40 am

  16. You know, I wish I had all these comments to use as ammunition when my kids were younger and they wanted to know why I wouldn’t let them have pets.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — December 12, 2007 @ 12:46 am

  17. My parents’ cat has never killed anything bigger than a housefly.

    Comment by Powers — December 12, 2007 @ 7:05 am

  18. My bird doesn’t dump anything dead on my porch, my bed, or anywhere! No slimy fur balls, no stinky litter-boxes, and I don’t have to drag myself outside in cold or wet weather to walk him! Perfect pet!

    Comment by L.B. Wylie — December 12, 2007 @ 10:58 am

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